Latin America-Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship

*LAC Scholarship Update (January 2017)

The Florida Board of Governors has recently changed the state policy on the Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship.  The new FSU process and the required form for awarding the Latin American and Caribbean is outlined on the following web page link.

In summary, FSU now requires that a $500 non-duty scholarship be awarded to each eligible student every semester.  E & G funds must be used by departments and units to award this scholarship with the provision that matching funds from private sources can also be utilized.  (US Federal Awards are also allowed.)  Details are provided in the link above.  Questions can be directed to Heather Stewart (hstewart2@fsu.edu).”


What is it?

Pursuant to Florida Statute 1009.21, graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who have been awarded a non-duty scholarship of a minimum of $500 per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) from the federal government or the State government may be eligible to be designated as Latin American - Caribbean Scholarship recipients.

A Latin American - Caribbean Scholarship recipient will be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes only. LAC Scholarship recipients must be awarded an additional $500 scholarship in order to retain Florida resident status for the summer terms.


Citizens from the following countries are eligible

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman, Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, U.K. Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.


Criteria

LAC Scholarship recipients must be registered graduate students in good academic standing at Florida State University or a prospective graduate student who has been admitted to the University. Each awarding unit may set additional criteria for new and renewal scholarships. Full time enrollment status (12 hours per semester for graduate students, 9 hours per semester for international graduate students) must be maintained. Under-enrollment must meet immigration requirements and must be approved by the academic dean and the FSU Office of the Registrar.

Note: Graduate or research assistantships do not fulfill the definition of scholarship. Recipients who change majors or graduate and begin a second degree program must reapply for the LAC scholarship. Students who, for any reason, lose their LAC scholarship status will revert to out-of-state tuition classification. If a LAC recipient withdraws from the University, the scholarship is cancelled.


LAC Memo

The memo was recently updated in January 2017. 

CLICK HERE

Florida Statute

Florida Statute 1009.21 covers the policy for determination of resident status for tuition purposes. 

 

Questions?

For more information, please contact Gilman Page